Sarasota is on the gulf coast of Florida, about an hour south of Tampa. It is often said to be the Cultural Capital of Florida. That’s what the people say anyway, and I totally agree.
Here’s why – Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Players Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. In addition, Sarasota is home to the annual Sarasota Film Festival, Chalk Festival and the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. There’s much more, but you get the idea. It’s pretty impressive considering the relative small size of Sarasota.